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Pangea Arcade Announced, IMG First Look
6:46 AM | Tuncer Deniz | 17 comments

Pangea Software, makers of popular games such as Nanosaur 2 and Enigmo 2, today announced their upcoming game, Pangea Arcade, a collection of three retro arcade-style games that will be released this fall for the Macintosh for $19.95. A free demo will be available when the game is released.

Here's more from the press release:

Pangea Arcade is a collection of three exciting games: “Nucleus”,
“Warheads”, and “Firefall”. All three are action-arcade games based
on classic arcade themes, but these new games have been completely
modernized and loaded with visual eye candy. “After doing adventure
games and puzzle games for the last several years, we really wanted
to do a hardcore twitch game with tons of action, explosions and
firepower, and Pangea Arcade has all that and more,” said Brian
Greenstone, President of Pangea Software.

Nucleus is a space-based game where your goal is to build atoms by
collecting electrons and attaching them to the interstellar nuclei.
Accomplishing this task involves navigating around space debris,
comet fields, black holes, etc. Warheads is a game where your
mission is to protect your nuclear reactors and power stations from
incoming missile bombardments. Firefall is a more abstract arcade
game where you shoot through barriers and falling objects to take out
the advancing worms.

All three games in Pangea Arcade have an option to be viewed in
stereo 3D using red-cyan anaglyph glasses. Pangea Software first
used this 3D viewing technique in Nanosaur 2, and then in updated
versions of Bugdom 2 and Otto Matic.

IMG has posted a first look preview of Pangea Arcade. Be sure to check it out by following the link below.

IMG First Look: Pangea Arcade
Pangea Software
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New Burning Crusade Story Review, Screenshots
6:46 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new story overview and several new screenshots forThe Burning Crusade, the upcoming first expansion for the enormously successful World of Warcraft. In addition to increasing the level cap the expansion will add controllable flying mounts, a new continent to explore, and two new playable races.

Two years have passed since the founding of Durotar...
Although the armistice between the mighty Horde and the noble Alliance has held, tensions between the two factions continue to mount as worldwide conflicts draw the two sides closer to all-out war. Fighting has erupted in the strategic battlegrounds of Alterac Valley, Warsong Gulch, and Arathi Basin, and more recently in Eastern Plaguelands and Silithus.

Even as these old enemies have renewed their quarrels, many ancient threats have resurfaced to menace the beleaguered races of Azeroth. As if spurred by unseen forces, dark agents have labored to push the world closer to the brink of oblivion.

Follow the link below to check out the new screenshots and learn more about the storyline.

WoW: Burning Crusade Screenshots
WoW: Burning Crusade The Story Thus Far...
Blizzard Entertainment
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
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Heroes of Might and Magic V Reviewed
6:46 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Lan Game Reviews has posted a new review of the PC version of Heroes of Might and Magic V. The latest in the long runing turn based strategy series introduces players to the world of Haven and its warring factions. Lan Game Reviews gave HoMM V a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

So, let's discuss the single player game. Heroes is, as I may have already mentioned somewhere, a turn-based game. At the beginning of your turn, you have a hero to move around, and probably a city to manage. You can build new structures in the city, unlocking new creatures to buy, or more spells for your heroes, or more income, or something like that. Your hero can haul armies around the map until he runs out of movement points for the day. After you get done with all that, it's your opponent(s)'s turn, and they do the same kind of thing. Each turn constitutes a day, and seven turns is a new week. At the end of the week, you can buy new creatures to reinforce your armies. As the hero moves around the world map, he can capture new cities, recruit creatures at outposts, gather resources, that sort of thing. If, during your hero's movement, the hero runs into a hostile creature, hero, or city on the world map, you go to a tactical battle resolution, where you command your creatures against the opponents. This combat is fun and reasonably compelling, especially when you fight a well matched army. The game is so fiendishly strategic that you practically beg to be pitted against a wily human opponent, but we'll discuss that later.
HoMM V for Mac is in progress at Freeverse Software.

The full review can be read by following the link below.

Lan Game Reviews: HoMM V Review
Heroes of Might & Magic V
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WoW Reaches 7 Million Subscribers
6:46 AM | Cord Kruse | 13 comments

Recently at the Austin Game Conference Blizzard Entertainment announced that their extremely successful MMORPG, World of Warcraft, had reached the 7 million mark in active subscribers across the globe. The WoW juggernaut shows no signs of stopping.

Check out the links below for more information about the game.

Joystiq: Warcraft Hits 7 Million
Blizzard Entertainment
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Civilization IV Analyzed
6:46 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A new review of the PC version of Civilzation IV is available from Byte Press. Civ IV introduces a variety of new elements to the nation building strategy title including a 3D environment, religion, and a new civics model. Byte Press gave Civilization IV a score of 7 out of 10.

From the review:

There are now seven distinct religions in the game — Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. To prevent anyone from being offended, there are no bonuses or traits specific to any religion, except that each religion is tied to a specific technological advance, and the four later religions (Christianity, Confucianism, Islam, and Taoism) begin with a free missionary; however, this is more for game balance than anything else.

If a player is the first to discover a certain religion on the tech tree, they can "found" the new religion; a city with no religion or the newest city in that civilization’s empire becomes that religion’s holy city.

What I find odd and unrealistic is that anybody, while the civilizations in which these religions actually appeared in real life are favoured when it comes to discovering a certain religion, pretty much anybody can found any religion. The only valid exception I found was Buddhism, which always seems to be the first founded religion in any scenario, and usually by the right people, namely the Indians.

But the fact is that religions have always been context-based, so you can’t be Saladin and just happen to stumble across Taoism, while researching philosophy. It simply makes no sense.

The full review can be found at the link provided below.

Byte Press: Civ IV Review
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Apple Posts New Hot Deals
6:00 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

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Mac Games News for Thursday, September 7, 2006

iMod - Neverwinter Nights Feature Posted11:07 AM
Austin MMOG Rantfest Report10:32 AM
Beta Testers Needed For Geneforge 47:38 AM
Blizzard's Rob Pardo Discusses WoW's Success7:38 AM
Blood Pong 1.5 Released7:38 AM
New Chip Promises Improved Game AI7:38 AM
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